Earlier today fans at the Korakuen Hall saw the teak tough Takuya Watanabe (30-6-1, 16) [渡邉 卓也] become the second Japanese fighter to claim a WBO Asia Pacific title in as many days. The under-rated Watanabe made light work of Thailand's Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-2-2, 11) [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊], securing a 6th round TKO win.
From the off Watanabe looked the stronger, faster and more talented fighter though Amin, to his credit, tried to fight back and had success as times. As the fight went on the visitors success became less frequent, with round 5 being particularly one sided. The one sided action became too much in round 6 and Amin looked to be taking a beating before being stopped by the referee who had seen enough.
The new champion admitted that he had been impatient at times but managed to calm down and fight more with his head. When that happened he began to break down Amin. Whilst the Japanese fighter was proud of his win the Thai seemed frustrated by his own performance, suggesting that his body didn't do what he wanted it too. Of course part of his frustration will also be from this has ended a 13 fight unbeaten run from the Thai.
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Although tomorrow's main event between Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] and Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 13) [淵上 誠] has been cancelled, due to Nishida suffering a concussion, the card will stay go ahead as planned. As a result of the main event cancellation we will now see Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] battle Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11 [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊] in the main event, with that bout being for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.
At the weigh in both fighters came in around the 130lb limit. The weight was higher than usual from Watanabe, who looked ripped, whilst Wangmoo seemed to clearly struggle with the weight and immediately took on Fluids after the weigh in.
Although Wangmoo struggled with the weight he did weigh in on the limit at his first attempt and seemed confidence of coming out on top tomorrow, even bringing over former world champion Denkaosan Kaovichit as part of his team.
For fans interested in the card it will be watchable on A-sign.
Hikaru Nishida suffers injury, bout with Fuchigami cancelled
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During the month of September Japanese fans get their first taste of WBO Asia Pacific title bouts, with 3 such title bouts coming over the space of 2 days. The shows, in full, have both been snapped up by pay site A-sign who will stream both cards online.
The first of those cards is "Fighting Bee 18", which is set for September 13th, and will be headlined by Akihiro Kondo (24-6-1, 11) [近藤 明広] battling Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1,9) in a bout for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. This card is the cheaper of the two shows, costing ¥500, of about £3.64 for the UK fans or $4.82 for American fans, with all the bouts on the card being streamed.
The second bout, on September 14th, is "Hopeful Fight Vol 23" and sees Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] battle against Thailand's Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11 [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊] for the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title and Hikaru Nishida (15-8-1, 7) [西田 光] against Makoto Fuchigami (23-11, 13) [淵上 誠],in their third bout, which will be for the WBO Asia Pacific and Japanese Middleweight titles. This card costs ¥700 which is around £5.00 for the UK fans or $6.75 for American fans and again features the entire card at that price giving some solid value for money given the price of PPV's in the west. In fact for British they could pay for both of these, and a month of www.boxingraise.com for the same price as a Sky Box Office PPV!
Earlier this month we reported that Takuya Watanabe (29-6-1, 15) [渡邉 卓也] would face Indonesian Musa "Andy" Letding (11-5-4, 6) on September 14th in what would be the first WBO Asia Pacific title bout held in Japan. Since then things have changed.
Firstly the inaugural WBO Asia Pacific title bout, as recognised by the JBC, to be held in Japan will actually take place a day earlier, when Akihiro Kondo (24-6-1, 11) [近藤 明広] faces Filipino fighter Jeffrey Arienza (15-4-1,9) for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. That bout was actually announced several days after the Watanabe bout, hence the cnfusion there.
Secondly Watanabe will no long be facing Letding, with the Indonesian being replaced by Thailand's Amin Sor Wangmoo (14-1-2, 11 [อามิน ส.หวังมุ๊], in what looks like a minor step up from Letding. The bout will still be a title bout and should still see Watanabe favoured to claim the title, however he will likely have to change his game plan with Wangmoo have significantly more power than Letding.
The Thai comes in to this bout with an unbeaten 13 fight run, in which he has gone 12-0-1 (9), however his opponents have been several step below the level that Watanabe has been coming up short against, such as Satoshi Hosono, Jaesung Lee and Hisashi Amagasa, the last 3 men to beat the teak tough Japanese warrior.
For those interested we have included footage of both fighters below.
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